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Real Simple December 2020

Real Simple magazine provides smart, practical, beautiful solutions to make life easier—every single day. Each inspiring issue is packed with fast and delicious recipes, organizing and decorating ideas, great fashion and beauty finds, money-saving tips, and more. For annual or monthly subscriptions (on all platforms except iOS), your subscription will automatically renew and be charged to your provided payment method at the end of the term unless you choose to cancel. You may cancel at any time during your subscription in your account settings. If your provided payment method cannot be charged, we may terminate your subscription.

United States
Meredith Corporation
12 Issues

in this issue

3 min
our holiday party on a page

HEY, REAL SIMPLE TEAM! (Clinks glass.) Can I have your attention? (Stands on chair in corner of bar in order to see everyone.) Time for some toasts. I want to take a minute to appreciate you all as we put this delightful December issue to bed. It’s a holiday package with heart, and I’ve been honored to watch you pull it off. (Clears throat to tamp down shaky voice.) Because…what a year, huh? The kind of year none of us saw coming, and boy, did you rally. You showed up for our readers. And you showed up for one another. Most importantly, you took care of yourselves and stayed safe. I’m happy that you and your families are healthy and that the year even brought a couple of additions to the…

1 min
real simple 24/7

MEET JENNY BROWN COPY & RESEARCH CHIEF AT REAL SIMPLE Currently reading: Stone’s Fall, a British mystery novel by Iain Pears. Currently binge-watching: Endeavour, a British mystery series. (I’m in a phase.) Favorite seasonal dish: Latkes with applesauce. What inspires you? Early morning light. @JENNY.S.BROWN ON INSTAGRAM Creative Holiday Cookie Recipes Fruit, chocolate…or both? Find the best flavors for your family. See dozens of options at realsimple.com/christmascookies. 4 End-of-Year Money Tips Smart, time-sensitive moves to maximize your finances for a wealthier 2021. Get expert advice at realsimple.com/yearendmoney. Open and tap for holiday card ideas. GIFTS THAT GIVE BACK Support worthy causes with an array of sweet holiday purchases. Choose something good at realsimple.com/giveback. PINTEREST@REALSIMPLE TWITTER@REALSIMPLE SNAPCHAT @REALSIMPLEMAG FACEBOOK @REALSIMPLE INSTAGRAM @REAL_SIMPLE TAKE GOOD CARE Self-Care Sunday, our new weekly Instagram series, brings pampering to a new level. Follow @real_simple. COURTESY OF KEN M; COREY OLSEN; DYAD PHOTOGRAPHY; COREY OLSEN; GETTY IMAGES…

3 min
what’s your favorite book to give as a gift?

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. It started my love affair with books. @ABAGRAM #RSLOVE “THERE’S LITTLE MORE SATISFYING OR HEARTWARMING THAN GIFTING A BELOVED BOOK TO A LOVED ONE.” @STEPHANIESHAUL Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton belongs on every coffee table. His stunning photographs and the stories behind them will forever change the way you look at strangers. BETH MORRIS, SEATTLE Being Mortal by Atul Gawande. Before Covid-19, it was great, but now that we’re in a pandemic, it’s even more important. @ATYPICALFAITH On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman is a beautiful gift for a new baby. @DIAMONDSANDWHISKEY The Sweet Smell of Christmas by Patricia M. Scarry. I grew up with this scratch-and-sniff book, and I still love the scents of the mug of cocoa and pine tree. STACY BARBAGALLO, SALEM, NEW HAMPSHIRE C.S. Lewis’s…

1 min
“receive compliments as kind gifts”

THEY SAY WE GET WISER as we get older, but I’ve found that there’s so much to learn from people of all ages. A page at NBC named Bridget Yassme, who is in her 20s, taught me a wonderful phrase one day as I was complimenting her work ethic and all-around grounded nature. “You’re humble and truly a bright light,” I told her, and added a few more attributes I admire about her. When I was done, Bridget looked at me and said, “I received that.” Wow. I let that sink in. “I love that,” I replied. She told me that for a long time she never knew what to say when someone shared something nice about her to her face. (I’m the same way!) “One day I just thought…

2 min
treat yourself


2 min
what should i read next?

Powerful Read Rest and Be Thankful, the achingly beautiful second novel by Emma Glass, is a glimpse into the innermost thoughts of Laura, a pediatric nurse teetering on the edge of burnout. While the story is brief, Glass, who’s a practicing nurse herself, convincingly details what it’s like to be pushed to exhaustion and still willing to sacrifice anything, possibly even yourself, for your patients. Gripping Page-Turner Zara Kaleel is a brilliant London attorney who left her prestigious career to be a caseworker at a sexual assault center. When she takes on a new client, a white teenage girl with facial deformities who’s accused four Muslim classmates of rape, Zara finds herself at the center of a high-profile case. A fast-paced courtroom drama, Take It Back by Kia Abdullah asks tough questions about…